Rolling Admissions

<p>I'm sure there have probably been tons of threads on this topic, but I searched CC and can't find all the answers. :0
So anyways my questons:
1. What exactly is rolling admissions? (is it just an admission process with no deadlines)
2. How early can you usually submit an application with rolling admissions?
3. Does it give you an advantage in the process over other applicants that apply later?
4. How long does it take to recieve your decision after you apply?
5. And finally, i realize most of the schools are state schools, but what are the top schools that have a rolling admission process? (public or private)

<p>Rolling Admissions is a good way to establish a safety school early in the process. It is based on the idea that the college has a really good idea of what it takes to get in. You can apply early or late and they will usually get back to you in 2-4 weeks. There is no advantage to applying really early in terms of admissions, but if you apply too late, they may be full. The earliest date that you can apply would depend on the college. None of the truly prestigious colleges use rolling admissions. Some public universities have something else called priority deadlines that can serve the same purpose. For example, you can apply to Purdue in Sept or Oct and you may hear back soon. This thread has some stuff on the topic including a link to colleges that have rolling admissions (from princeton review).
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<p>My two kids used rolling admissions schools as their safeties (UIUC and Mizzou). They found out more like 4-6 weeks later.</p>

<p>You might as well apply early. The forms are usually simple and having an admission in the bag seems to reduce the stress a little.</p>

<p>i applied to a rolling as my safety school--marymount university. they took about 5 weeks (maybe a little more) to get back to me.</p>

<p>i'm very glad i did, because they offered me full tuition paid there (with work-study). it sure softened the blow when my first waitlist came!</p>

<p>are you a junior, insane8194? if you are, i would definitely recommend doing your research and getting a good rolling school that you can picture yourself attending if your others fall through. good luck!</p>

<p>(and if you're a senior, i would also recommend it. you'll have to get to work right now)</p>

<p>At Michigan, the sooner you apply, the better your chances. The bar gets higher as the number of applicants rise and spaces get filled. My daughter applied in early September and was accepted in November-among the first group of acceptances. Her friend with better stats applied two months later and was deferred-and ultimately not admitted.</p>

<p>Yeah I'm a junior.
Beansmom, by Michigan, do you mean University of Michigan? Also, can you apply to most by Septmember? Then what about they not see your first semester grades or how does it work...which grades do you send from your senior year?</p>

<p>Michigan, Wiscosin and UIUC are probably the best schools with rolling.</p>

<p>Those colleges do not technically have rolling admissions. They will take your application early but there is no guarantee that they will make a decision on it in the near future. For example, UMichigan says at their website:</p>

<p>"The University of Michigan uses a modified rolling admissions process. We will communicate admissions decisions on a periodic basis beginning in late fall through early spring. We will make final decisions on all complete files by the first week of April."</p>

<p>A list of colleges with rolling admissions is at:
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<p>Alright thanks, also does anyone know about the whole grade issue? which ones get submitted and which ones don't...whether you are sending your application early in a rolling admissions process or sending it early to a school like Michigan as dufus was saying. Thanks!</p>

<p>Even during Regular Decision, the latest grades that adcoms will see are from the mid-year senior report. This isn't available until after the normal RD deadlines. When you apply in Dec or Jan under RD, you request that the high school send your transcript, and then later you request that the high school send another transcript with the mid-year grades. Most colleges use the mid-year report just to decide on borderline cases. They certainly don't use it for auto-accepts and auto-denies. </p>

<p>If you apply ED, SCEA, EA or Rolling, then they will make the decision without the mid-year report. If you apply RD or to one of the colleges with a "modified rolling admissions", they may make a decision without the mid-year report or they may just sit on your app until the mid-year report is ready.</p>